Classical

Nice sound – really open.  And so easy to play. Xuefei Yang

I aim to build guitars that sing. They have bright trebles that are consistent up to the 19th fret. The basses are evenly balanced with the trebles, not overpowering or booming. What sets them apart is their power and sustain. Any stopped note should ring for 5 or 6 seconds with residual sound still there for up to 12 seconds. For open strings it will be longer.

Construction

Although traditional Spanish techniques are used in building there is an important departure from the Torres tradition.

The top is braced with five laminated spruce struts, four of which are curved. This is different than in most guitars. It is based on the fact that vibration from the strings enters the top through the bridge and drives the soundboard up and down. The curving and laminating help the top to work as a single unit because it keeps the top from dipping in front of the bridge and bowing behind it because of string tension. The top has a 2.5 mm curve in the lower bout.

Solid linings 6 mm wide are used top and bottom. The back has a 5 mm curve built into it to help prevent cracking in extremes of humidity.

Materials

Tops are either AA European spruce or top grade western red cedar. These are chosen by ear.

Back and sides can be made from a variety of hardwoods including Brazilian rosewood, Indian rosewood, maple, walnut, (English or American), Cocobola or others.

Playability

The neck is made of Cedrella and has a carbon fibre rod in it. Built dead flat it has a .1 or .2 mm curve under tension. The bridge is 8 mm thick and the head is 2mm higher than than the 12th fret giving a clearance of 10 mm at the saddle. I aim for a low action of about 3 mm at the 12th fret on the treble side, 3.5mm on the bass. The neck is round or flat, as you prefer.

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